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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Among quintessential holiday experiences is ice-skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center. What could make it even more special? This VIP package allows you to revel in an iconic New York tradition with priority ice-skating entry, a heated indoor chalet and admission to Top of the Rock. The VIP chalet has all the bells and whistles: complimentary hot chocolates, freshly baked cookies, and a troupe of concierges ready to give tips for the ice as they help you put on your skates. Once you’re done at the rink, head to the Top of the Rock for unparalleled views of the decorated city below you. Splurge on yourself and loved ones with this memorable holiday treat.


  • VIP ice-skating experience at the Rockefeller Center rink including entrance to heated indoor chalet
  • Keep warm in a heated chalet as you wait for your turn to hit the ice
  • Admire a sparkling tree and the gilded Prometheus sculpture as you circle the rink, hopping on and off whenever you want a break
  • Sip on complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and bottled water
  • Indulge in freshly baked cookies and pastries from Cucina & Co
  • Allow a concierge to help you lace up your skates and provide tips to use on the ice
  • Take a ride up to the Top of the Rock for 360-degree views of the city from 70 stories above

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Strap on your skates in a heated VIP rink-side chalet and sip hot chocolate while you wait for your turn on the ice. You get to avoid shivering in the cold in the long wait lines! Tickets regularly sell out, so don't miss out on this true VIP ice-skating experience at Rockefeller Center.

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Step into the warm Winter Chalet for VIP treatment at the Rink

If you close your eyes and think of New York during the holidays, chances are you see a twinkling tree, a golden statue and an ice rink filled with happy revelers. This festive city scene at Rockefeller Center has been popular since 1936, when the ice rink opened to the public. Only 150 people are allowed on the ice at a time, making for a chilly wait if you have general admission. With this VIP package, limited to only a select number of guests, you get to cozy up in a private chalet next to the rink, warming your belly with hot chocolate and Cucina & Co. cookies as you wait for your turn. It’s a luxurious experience that one could imagine would have even impressed John D. Rockefeller.

Arrive at the ice rink at 8:30am and head inside the heated VIP chalet. The area is draped in garlands and festive lights to give it a welcoming feel. Kids can play on the carpeted floors as adults mingle. When it’s your turn to hit the ice, a concierge can help you and your group put on your ice skates. First timers can take advantage of a short lesson on how to turn, twirl and stop.

On the ice, soak up the holiday spirit as people swirl around you. Stop along the railing to admire the bronze-gilded Prometheus and fountain, as well as the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree standing some 100 feet (30 meters) tall.

If you need a break, hop on and off the ice to warm up in the chalet like a true VIP. Once you finish ice-skating, take advantage of your admission to the Top of the Rock. An elevator lifts you to the 70th story for amazing city views, both inside (if you want to stay warm and cozy) and out, with three viewing decks if you choose to brave the elements. Marvel at the winter cityscape below as you finish creating your new favorite holiday memory.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Couldn't have asked for a better experience! Will definitely be visiting NYC again.. Hopefully sooner than later.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely brilliant, do not go to New York without ice skating, it was a lovely crisp November morning and not very busy, you have the use of a cabin which includes drinks and biscuits. Then after the skating you get a ticket to the Top of the Rocks, the views are amazing it was a lovely clear day. Once again I would highly recommend Viator for any trips you may like to do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was great. So special

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Loved it . Ice skating was great and it was good to have a base to come into and the biscuits and hot chocolate were great :)
The observation deck was brilliant we saved it for night time which was brilliant .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Awesome time skating. Easy to find with the help if the staff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour was spectacular and we had an amazing time in new york city for thanksgiving!



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great combo tour for a Christmas / New Year period in NYC! The ice rink gets pretty crowded and the VIP lodge is definitely a nice plus, allowing preparation and later some rest in a nice heated space right on the rink. I also recommend to take advantage of the complimentary espressos between skating sessions. On the rink, take time to admire the surroundings, take a picture or two of the Prometheus Statue. I knew already the top of the Empire State Building, and though a bit lower, the Top of the Rock provides a different perspective on Manhattan Skyline, offering views on EBS itself and to the north, an almost complete unobstructed view of Central Park. Great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center is a must-do Holiday season activity! We had a great time, and really loved the whole experience. The VIP Igloo is located right on the ice rink, by the iconic Prometheus statue, and offers great views of the rink. The igloo has several benches where one can take a break and sip hot coffee or chocolate! We used our full 1.30h segment, taking breaks here and there, and getting more confident by each round. The Top of the Rock ticket then let us go up to the Observation Deck, where we had a 360-degree view of Manhattan. We were lucky to have a sunny day and enjoyed the panoramic views from Central Park to Lower Manhattan! Would do this tour again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent experience. A must do in New York. Go to the Top of the Rock and reserve the time to got to the observation deck before skating. There is a limit of people peer day and if you don't have more days, you will lose the tickets.

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